- Nasima Akter
S. Al Hasan Completes Graduation from University
Bangladesh’s cricket superstar Shakib Al Hasan is always in the spotlight for his on-field performances and off-field activities. This time, Shakib has made headlines for completing his graduation from the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) on March 19 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree.
Shakib traveled to Dhaka from Sylhet, where he was playing for the Bangladesh cricket team in a three-match one-day international series against Ireland. The event was held at the Bangladesh Army Stadium, where he received his certificate from the Vice-Chancellor of AIUB, Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna.
Shakib's academic journey began at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP), where he completed his secondary and higher secondary education before embarking on a cricket career. Completing his graduation has been a 14-year-long journey, and it was an emotional moment for him.
Statement on Shakib's Graduation
The video of Shakib receiving his degree has been making the rounds on social media, with fans and well-wishers congratulating him on his success.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also lauded Shakib’s achievement, stating that it shows his commitment and discipline toward academics and sports.
"Shakib's achievement is a great example of how one can balance both sports and education. We are proud of him and hope that many young cricketers will take inspiration from his example," said a BCB official.
Shakib's Other Accomplishments
The graduation ceremony was even more special for Shakib, as he attended it a day after scoring a brilliant 93-run knock in the first ODI against Ireland. With these innings, he became the second Bangladeshi player to score 7,000 runs in one-day internationals, a remarkable feat for any cricketer. Shakib has also taken over 300 wickets in the 50-over format.
Shakib is considered one of the greatest all-rounders in world cricket today. He has played in 58 Tests, 211 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 82 Twenty20 Internationals for Bangladesh. He has scored over 12,000 international runs and taken over 600 wickets across all formats. Shakib’s contribution to Bangladesh cricket has been immense, and he has been a vital part of the team’s success over the years.
What Happened at the Ceremony
During the convocation ceremony, Shakib shared his joy of finally fulfilling his dream of becoming a graduate. He expressed gratitude towards his family, who always supported him in his academic and sporting pursuits.
He also stated how the achievement "feels the same as I was feeling when I got my Test cap during my debut."
Additionally, the player thanked the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) for providing him with the opportunity to pursue his academic goals alongside his cricketing career.
“When you dream, you dream big. I wanted to achieve this goal, and I am delighted to have finally done it,” said Shakib.
Shakib’s achievement is an inspiration for young cricketers who wish to pursue their academic goals alongside their cricketing ambitions. With his hard work, dedication, and determination, Shakib has proved that anything is possible, and success can be achieved in all areas of life.
In addition, Shakib’s achievement is a source of pride for all of Bangladesh. He is now celebrated as an inspiration to young people across the country.